Episode number: 21
Production number: 121
Director: Jonathan Brough
Writers: Nicki Paluga
US Air date: 16th May 2009
UK Air date: 22nd October 2009
Darken Rahl takes an unlikely captive in a violent attempt to get his hands on the Three Boxes of Orden - the final keys he needs to unlock the power of total world domination. Meanwhile, time is running out for Kahlan and Zedd as they fall victim to a horrific plague unleashed by Rahl.
Review by Tracy Casebere
Jennsen is on the run from the nasty D’Haran soldiers; the Boxes of Orden are lying at the bottom of river and all the while, Richard is busy reading a book. It’s alright for some.
His reading leads Richard to conclude that the only way in which he can overcome the Power of Orden, is if he is confessed. This leaves him in a difficult position, or rather, it leaves Kahlan in a difficult position – what is she going to do?
As if this wasn’t enough to ponder over, Darken Rahl has been plaguing the villages with his, er, plague. He thought it’d be a good idea to unleash a magical plague on the unsuspecting people of the Midlands and the only way to stop it is if they bring Richard’s head to him. No body, just the head. Darken Rahl has clearly had enough of the Seeker. It’s about time really. We’re only one episode away from the finale!
Jennsen, who managed unsuccessfully to escape the wrath of the D’Haran soldiers that were chasing her, awakens to a hazy memory and a gloriously conniving Darken Rahl who is hell bent on getting the final Boxes of Orden no matter how many lies he has to spew. Since Jennsen had the sense to “hide” the Boxes before she became captured, Darken Rahl is using every trick in the book to get Jennsen on his side. It’s not hard really considering she couldn’t even remember her own name.
After convincing her that her brother, the Seeker, aka Richard is a bad man, he then goes beyond the point of no return by telling her, “He’s my brother too.” I know, I know, it just turned a little too Eastenders for my liking but oh-my-freaking-god – Jennsen, Richard and Darken Rahl are brothers and sister?! That’s so wrong. Not least because that’s not how it happened in the books. Major change here and I’m not too sure if I really like it. My only hope is that Darken Rahl told this as a lie in order to bring Jennsen over to the Darken side. (Like what I did there?!)
With both Richard and Darken Rahl’s men searching for the two Boxes of Orden, a race against time ensues. Richard is just quick enough but not before being shot in the shoulder with a bolt. He thankfully manages to secure the two Boxes and returns somewhat joyously to Kahlan and Zedd. His initial joy soon turns to despair as he finds they have both contracted the plague and are knock, knock, knocking on Death’s door.
Unsure of what to do, he is saved from making any sort of decision by the arrival of his sister Jennsen. She comes armed with antidote to the plague no less. How convenient. And while Richard is busy administering the cure to his two patients, Jennsen does a runner with the two Boxes of Orden. Darken Rahl has successfully managed to brainwash her it seems.
Not for long though as Richard manages to un-brainwash her. A process that involves reminiscing about their mother and generally jogging her memory along with a quick stab of the Sword of Truth – actually I’m lying about the last bit, but it made it sound more dramatic! With Jennsen back on Team Richard, complete with all three Boxes of Orden and Zedd and Kahlan back in full health – there is only one thing left to do...
CONTINUE WATCHING FOR EPISODE 22. Sit back and enjoy the show.
Craig Horner - Richard Cypher
Bridget Regan - Kahlan Amnell
Bruce Spence - Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander
Craig Parker - Darken Rahl
Brooke Williams - Jennsen
Kevin J. Wilson - General Egremont
John Wraight - Sean
Brian Moore - Commander Marek
Curtis Vowell - Mattis
Miranda Wilson - Healer Woman
Alex Hassell - Eryn
Isaac Hamon - Young D'Haran Soldier
Ash Lomberg - D'Haran Sentry
Erika Takacs - Crying Woman
Hannah Janes - Marilee
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